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ELKINS – Art educators from across West Virginia will gather in the newly renovated Myles Center for the Arts on the Davis & Elkins College campus on October 21-22 for the annual conference of the West Virginia Art Education Association (WVAEA ). This is the first time D&E has hosted the conference since the association was founded in the mid-1970s.

The two-day event gives art educators the opportunity to learn new arts and crafts and techniques for teaching art, as well as build professional connections and community relationships. Attendees will have a choice of presentations from 19 instructors, including master plein air painter Eric Dye.

“We are very pleased to host the conference at Davis & Elkins College so that we can showcase the many talents of art educators in our community and the College, as well as the art programs supported here,” said Tessa Garver-Daniels, assistant professor in the D&E Division of Creative Arts and conference coordinator.

Artist and President Emeritus of Davis & Elkins College Trustee June Myles has been chosen as the guest artist. An arts philanthropist, Myles’ generous donations made possible the recent $6.7 million expansion of the Myles Center for the Arts and Myles Plaza.

Myles fiber art crochet rugs and paintings will be on display in the Paull Gallery and in display cases in the atrium of the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. She will sell books of her work and donate the proceeds to WVAEA.

The conference will also feature keynote speaker Heather Harris, Head of Educational Programs at West Virginia University Museum of Art. She will present an object lesson on “Unleashing the Educational Potential of Museums.”

Alongside Myles’ gallery exhibition, art educators will present their own work and that of their students in two separate exhibitions. Student work will be highlighted in the area of ​​self-portraiture. Teachers will exhibit their personal work for jury selection and prizes. This year’s juror is Elkins native artist and educator Vincent Trimboli.

Last year, the WVAEA won recognition for the largest membership in the NAEA Eastern Region and hopes to continue the trend of membership growth in the Elkins region.

D&E’s Creative Arts program provides foundational training in art, problem solving, and the creative process for all students. Students develop an understanding of complex and sophisticated visual language and are prepared for a professional career in art, art education, and/or graduate school.



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